WHO ARE WE?
We exist to support Catholics in the UK Armed Forces, as well as their families and Catholic veterans.
Jesus of Nazareth, fully God and fully man, died on the cross and rose from the dead to give you forgiveness for sin and hope of heaven.
As followers of Jesus, we must welcome true light into our lives, our families, and the wider world.
That task is the greatest adventure, and is best tackled with supportive friends.
The Constitution states the Mission is to: "...continually cultivate a sincere and deep Catholic practice across the Armed Forces, including MOD Civil Servants, veterans and the immediate families thereof, assisting its members and others in deepening their religious practice toward the goal of sainthood, in accordance with its character as a private association of the faithful, and to improve public understanding of the Catholic religion."
We are the official Defence Catholic Association, formally approved by the Right Reverend Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces.
We are the UK representative to the International Military Apostolate, consulted by the Holy See via the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
We are a founding member organisation of the Defence Christian Network.
We are a member of the National Council of Lay Associations, which is consulted by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.
We are serving personnel, helping others.
Courage & Discipline
From the earliest centuries to the present day the faithful have been under attack.
It takes courage and discipline to hold fast to the truth..
Respect & Integrity
We respect others and maintain our integrity.
We defend the faith and uphold the laws of God in our work, wherever it takes us.
Loyalty & Selflessness
The better we live the Catholic faith, the closer we will be to truth.
The closer we are to truth, the more loyal and selfless we will become.
We're all on a journey.
Pilgrimages make that journey more visible.
You are welcome to join us on one, or to organise your own with us.
As Catholics in Defence we have shared sufferings, shared privileges, and a shared life of prayer.
We were made to practice the faith as a body, not alone.
The sacraments are vital and we strive to live the sacramental life more fully.
Nobody can grow unless they are deep in the sacraments.
SUPPORT TO DEFENCE
Support on Deployment
We support each other on exercise and operations.
We understand the challenges of living the faith in arduous environments and stressful conditions.
Support in Training
Recruits to the Armed Forces deserve real support through the long and often difficult training process. We can guide through our personal experiences, and offer prayers and encouragement.
Support in Life & Death
Birth and death are the defining moments of a life.
Baptism or last rites, we work together to find priests to sanctify those definitive moments